RUPERT WALL is head of Sidley’s Global Finance group in Europe.
He has considerable experience in structured finance transactions involving a diverse range of asset classes (including trade, consumer and other receivables, auto, student, aircraft, shipping, corporate, mid-market and other leases and loans, vehicle rental fleets and residential and commercial mortgage loans) encompassing a wide range of structures (including RMBS, CMBS, ABCP conduits, covered bonds, whole-business securitizations and CLO/CBO/CDOs). Rupert advises fund sponsors, arrangers, originators, investment managers and investors on all aspects of securitization, structured finance, asset-backed lending, fund financing and derivatives. He also advises counterparties in relation to general capital markets issuances, leveraged finance transactions and portfolio transactions (both performing and distressed/non-performing).
In The Legal 500 UK 2020 he is recognized as a Leading Individual for Securitization and is recommended for Derivatives & Structured Products, in the 2018 edition, clients described him as “a standout lawyer for ABS and CLO deals,” “a subject matter expert with the ability to get straight to the point; he has a brain the size of a planet and works very well in high pressure situations.” The 2014 edition described Rupert as “one of the brightest young partners in the market” and as “responsive, commercially minded” with “considerable experience and talent.”
In addition, Rupert is ranked in Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2021 for both Capital Markets: Securitisation and Capital Markets: Structured Finance. Interviewees told the publication he is “very personable and he has an excellent approach to solving problems.” “He has excellent market knowledge and a deep understanding of his practice area from CMBS and RMBS to CLOs.” “He will really fight for his clients and on top of that he's very strong technically.” In the 2020 edition of Chambers UK clients described him as “business-focused, with a good understanding of market developments.” Sources from the 2019 edition say he is “technically excellent, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the CLO market” and “thorough and detailed and personable to work with.” Previous editions recognized he “stands out as being a valued adviser who, as well as being hugely bright and intellectual, has a unique ability to listen carefully to the often complex commercial dynamics that we require of a transaction and meld those seamlessly into its structure” (Chambers UK 2018).
A source from the 2017 edition of IFLR1000 has remarked that he has “excellent product knowledge” and is a “very good communicator.” A year prior, sources told the publication “he demonstrated the right balance between legal understanding and commercial awareness. We would highly recommend him.”
Rupert is also the author of several academic and commercial securitization guides, including the England & Wales chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Securitization every year since 2012 (for which he was Contributing Editor in 2020); Practical Law (PLC)’s England & Wales chapter of the “Q&A Guide to Structured Finance and Securitisation”; the “CLO: Overview” Practice Note as well as numerous PLC guides and articles on Securitization including the “Securitisation: regulatory framework and reforms” Practice Note.